Bushi Kempo Ju Jitsu Code of Honour
Academy Code of Honour
"I promise to uphold the true spirit of martial arts and to never use my skills outside the dojo, except in self-defence"
Personal Code of Honour
A personal code of honor is something you yourself design and take up for the sake of improving yourself, your life, and the lives of those around you.
Your personal Code of Honor is the set of principles to which you will adhere to during your journey (through life). Whether or not the Code of Honor includes your social, ethical or moral principles becomes very important. You personal Code of Honor is what you will not violate.
Bushido - the way of warriors
One of the best known Codes of Honour is Bushido.
Bushido or "the way of warriors", is a Japanese collective term for the many codes of honour and ideals that dictated the samurai way of life and is loosely analogous to the European concept of chivalry.
Bushido, then, is the code of moral principles which the samurai were required or instructed to observe ... More frequently it is a code unuttered and unwritten ... It was an organic growth of decades and centuries of military career. In order to become a samurai this code had to be mastered.
The Bushido code is typified by eight virtues:
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.
Heroic Courage (yu)
Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.
Benevolence, Compassion (jin)
Through intense training and hard work, the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow men at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.
True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others. The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.
When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to 'give their word'. They do not have to 'promise'. Speaking and doing are the same action.
Warriors have only one judge of honour and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of who they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.
Duty and Loyalty (chugi)
Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.
Warriors should behave according to an absolute moral standard, one that transcends logic. What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong. The difference between good and bad and between right and wrong are givens, not arguments subject to discussion or justification, and a warrior should know the difference.
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